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pre-marathon dinner

saraht Nov 6, 2006 06:18 PM

I'm coming to Philly from NYC on Nov. 18th to run the Marathon on the 19th and looking for a decent pasta dinner (nothing too fancy or complicated) for my pre-race carbo load.

I'm staying near the race start which is right by the Art Museum so optimally I would love to be able to walk there.

Any suggestions?


  1. s
    saraht Nov 7, 2006 05:31 PM

    thanks for all the suggestions :)

    1. c
      croutonpiggy Nov 7, 2006 04:56 PM

      Illuminare, on 23rd and Fairmount, has pasta as well as brick oven pizzas. Their menu is not on their website, but entress are typically in the $14-21 range. It's got a nice atmosphere and good for groups if you call ahead.


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      1. re: croutonpiggy
        MEM Nov 7, 2006 05:09 PM

        I'll second the Illuminare recommendation. Location is perfect, and the atmosphere is very striking.

      2. joluvscards Nov 7, 2006 11:36 AM

        None of the places recommended are near the art museum. There are a few restaurants in the area that serve pasta but none that specialize in it.

        Little Petes on Fairmount between 24th and 25th has many pasta dishes. It is a diner with ok food, big portions and very inexpensive.

        Bridgids on 25th as a few pasta dishes. They are all under $15.

        I would not normally recommend either places for chowish dining but they probably have exactly what you need.

        Long's asian at 21st and Hamilton has a number of noodle dishes all are very good.

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          Chowtalk Nov 7, 2006 03:45 AM

          Avoid the Marathon Grill.

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            PhilaFoodie Nov 7, 2006 03:44 AM

            Dare I say, there's always the Olive Garden at Broad and Chestnut.

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              LTrain Nov 7, 2006 02:16 AM

              I'd go to Pietro's on Walnut between 17th and 18th. Great pasta, pizza, and salads ... nothing too crazy to upset your stomach. Plus, prices are very reasonable. It would be a long walk - doable, but with the race you'd probably want to cab. I don't think there is much in the Art Museum area that would fit your needs ...

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